1. “She needs to come home.” Brisbane woman facing leg amputation after horror accident in Thailand.
Brisbane woman Stacey Liddle and her best friend Sinead Markham were counting down the days to their Thailand trip, organised to celebrate Stacey's 30th birthday.
They'd only been in Chalong three days, however, when Stacey lost control of the scooter she was riding and was run over by a bus.
"The wheels went straight over the top of her," Sinead told News Corp. "She wasn’t breathing when she first got hit and I thought she was dead and then she started moaning and woke up and we both just started screaming it was so horrific."
"It completely tore her leg apart, her bones were exposed and her calf muscle was lying on the ground. It was pretty nasty."
Now, Stacey's family is desperate to get her home for surgery, with Thai doctors warning they will have to amputate the leg if Stacey is not transported to an Australian hospital within days.
"We need to raise $30,000 to pay for her transport home so they don't amputate her leg," Stacey's cousin Katrina has posted on a GoFundMe page. "We just want her home so she can get the right treatment!"
Stacey's sister, Caitlyn Louise, also contacted Channel Seven saying Stacey is unable to travel without medical transportation and insurance companies won't help.
"On her 30th birthday my sister was told by the doctors that she now has an infection from the surgery performed on the previous day and that she can't travel until its cleared up," Caitlyn Louise told Seven News Brisbane in a Facebook post.
"We have contacted the embassy and the consulate and the travel insurance company but none of them can get her a medical flight home."
Speaking to News Corp, Sinead said doctors have removed Stacey's calf muscle completely in order to stitch her skin together. However she said the skin around the stitches is "turning grey".